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Included is a small photo from the 1989 show at CBGB's with Bonnie Kane, Glenn Sorvisto, and Ron Anderson - the same show where tracks 5&6 were created and recorded. You also get the tray card, ready for printing, which has all of the original details as to who did what and where. The cassette cover also has that information.
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Limited edition cassette, 1st pressing
Cassette + Digital Album
Original release cassettes, STILL SEALED! Only a handful left in existence....
Includes unlimited streaming of Telescope
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In 1989 the East Village, NYC, looked like a bomb hit it. Once you got into Alphabet City anything and everything was happening. Shit moved fast, buildings and clubs were broken, you NEEDED to wear boots, it was dangerous, and for awhile ignored by cops, and the "man". We artists could do anything, including have space to live and work. Hardcore, punk, psych rock and other musics flourished.
Out of a basement on 11th & B came W.O.O. I joined this band in 1989, filling out a trio with Glenn Sorvisto - drms and voc; and Patrick LoVullo - bass. I believe there is a cassette recording of this somewhere.
After Patrick quit, Glenn and I connected with Ron Anderson (Molecules, Pak, Happy New Year), Jim Fourniadis and Tom Cassar (Vital Music).
We made this record. Actually it was a CD and a cassette release. Short run vinyl did not yet exist. Printing was exorbitant - so I designed the CD body as the cover and put all the info on the back tray card.
We shot an Estes rocket off on 6th and Ave C for the CD Release - The W.O.O. Rocket Launch. There were posters all over the East Village. A lot of people came.
W.O.O. became the foundation of my life and my music. There became several iterations, and major musical partnerships that lasted years.
But this is the first record - it is my first full record, and so far, the ONLY record that I "sing" on - and it is with my dear buddy, Glenn Sorvisto. Absolutely everybody who crossed paths with Glenn had a story about that experience - most of them very very funny - in retrospect. Those were crazy up all night days.
Glenn is out at the cosmic jam session now - doing his master of ceremonies thing, in plaid with white shoes. An improvising rock drummer who could sing, a master of improvised composition, he gave energy, inspiration and love to all around him - along with a dose of aggravation - that actually made him more endearing. As his path changed, he was fundamental in me finding mine.
Drummer and bassist, Weasal Walter told me that he heard Telescope while he was in high school and that it woke him up - a heavy influence. Whoa!
I remember listening back to the initial studio mixes by myself in the basement of Vital Music Recording on E10th St. - being thankful to the point of tears, knowing that we had aced it. I still think so. I listen to this stuff now - it is raw, energetic, wonderfully wild, with stellar performances from all involved. - and Glenn's work is genius. There are some killer songs - all improvised.
I am absolutely thrilled to have the opportunity to put this material out in the digital universe, where it is needed - a benchmark of going beyond the possible.
- Bonnie Kane
released April 1, 1990
Glenn Sorvisto - drums, vocals
Bonnie Kane - sax, electronics, vocals
Alan Drogin - guitar
Oren Bloedow - bass
Jim Fourniadis - bass, guitar, vocals
Ron Anderson - guitar, bass
All material engineered and mastered by Jim Fourniadis, summer/fall 1989
tracks 10 & 18 recorded by Ron Anderson, April 1989
tracks 5 & 6 recorded at CBGB's, March 3, 1989
originally released on Vital Music Records, NYC 1990
In the late 1980's, in a basement studio in the East Village of NYC, the evolution of W.O.O. began. Playing the NYC clubs
both legal and illegal, changing members as the challenges grew, W.O.O. became known for playing uncompromising music of the moment, and playing it only once. W.O.O.'s notorious "FRESH SOUND GUARANTEE" promised new, live, and unique shows and recordings every time....more